Clemens' son among familiar names on Day 2 of MLB draft

Clemens' son among familiar names on Day 2 of MLB draft

The Major League Baseball draft has begun with Minnesota's selection of California high school shortstop Royce Lewis with the No. 1 pick.

Lewis, who had committed to attend UC Irvine, was named Gatorade's California HIgh School Player of the Year, batting.377 with 25 stolen bases as a senior. The recommended slot value for the first overall pick is roughly $7.7 million, and if the Twins spend all of that, they've used up more than half their draft-pool money on one player.

The first three selections of the 2017 draft-Lewis, Greene, and Mackenzie Gore-were prep players, and after college picks McKay and Kyle Wright came off the board with the fourth and fifth selections, high-school outfielder Austin Beck was the fourth high schooler to go within the draft's first six picks.

And in a Major League Baseball draft stocked with several two-way talents at the top, the first-place Minnesota Twins went another way Monday night.

The younger Clemens hit.305 for the Longhorns this season, along with a team-leading 12 home runs and 49 RBIs. "I can't imagine what's going through an 18-year-old's brain right now, but he just wants to go out and have fun, and he makes this baseball field his playground".

SS Kurt Stillwell (1983) and INF Nick Senzel (2016) selected with the second overall picks, are the only other players to be drafted that high by the Reds.

"This is just a once-in-a-lifetime experience where I get to go out and start my career and have a blast with a great ballclub and a great group of guys", Greene said.

Lewis is the first player to be selected by the Twins with the No. 1 overall pick since the team took catcher Joe Mauer in 2001.

"We considered a lot of guys, but Royce is one of the elite athletes with his makeup and intangible packages available in any draft", Twins VP Mike Radcliff said.

"It's just awesome, getting to swing it every day, play every day", McKay said in an interview with MLB Network.

SC starting pitcher Clarke Schmidt had Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm in May.

Yesterday became a whirlwind as the hours and minutes counted down to the Twins making the first overall selection.

We're just so excited to have him.

The draft continues with rounds 3-10 on Tuesday via conference calls with teams, and concludes Wednesday with rounds 11-40.

There's some really interesting high school arms that I'd love to see the Jays take, and which incidentally would give them one of each demographic with their first four picks.



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